I am definitely Mrs Medicine Cabinet in our house. I have a cupboard stocked with everything we would ever need, Calpol for the kiddies, paracetamol for us, vitamins, plasters, heartburn medicine etc and one thing we are never without is a thermometer. Thermometers have definitely changed from back in my day though. I remember being sick and forced to have a little glass stick stuck in my mouth for minutes at a time with the temptation to stick it in my mums cup of tea so it would give me a high temperature reading and I didn't have to go to school. Then, my mum and dad could never read it properly because the markings were so small so we either had to do it all over again or they just said, "oh I don't think you really have a temperature," and, "you're going to school."
These days thermometers are much more sophisticated. My have a digital ear thermometer for babies but as my little girl is getting older and doesn't like things that go anywhere near her ear we decided to purchase a better thermometer.
This thermometer had a digital temperature read out so there is no confusion on the actual reading, it's there in big bold letters which I find really handy and a more accurate way of doing things. You can have the reading in either Fahrenheit or Celsius so I choose celsius as although I like my weather temperature in Fahrenheit I have no clue about body temperatures in fahrenheit.
This thermometer is really simple to use and what I really like is that you get a read out in 60 seconds, no more holding it under your tongue for what seems like an eternity. Now in the paperwork that came with this thermometer it said that the most accurate reading you can obtain is by inserting it 2 cms into the rectum but there is no way I would do this to myself or anyone else for that matter so we simply use it under the tongue, much more hygienic!!
The tip of the thermometer is made of a rubber type material which I thought was strange at first as usually they are made of metal but this is actually quite comfortable feeling in my mouth. When you are ready you just press the little button on the top of the thermometer which beeps when it's ready and then you place it under your tongue.
According to the paperwork an accurate measurement is obtained by using a unique probe, which measures the heat flow from the blood vessels to the skin and converts it to the body temperature. A "normal" body temperature varies from person to person and can change according to the time of day and body location. Average normal temperatures range from 36.1c - 37.8c.
The thermometer comes with a two year warranty but we've had no problems so far and has worked well whenever we need it.